The Des Moines Register calls Atlantic one of Iowa's holiday, "...bright spots where Main Street retail is robust."
From Thanksgiving to New Years, Atlantic is Iowa's City of Lights! Be dazzled by more than 200,000 LED lights in a stretch of 6 blocks of historic buildings filled with gift shops, clothing stores and boutiques. Check out some of these Chamber events while you're enjoying Christmas in Atlantic.
Grand Lighting & Recipe Walk
Santa's holiday spirit helps turn on the lights on the Third Thursday of November at the Grand Lighting event sponsored by MAHLE Engine Components and Corner Stone Landscaping. There is music, photo opportunities, Santa visits, horse wagon rides and more. Santa uses his holiday spirit to turn on the lights at 5:30 p.m.
Stick around for the recipe walk from 5-7 p.m. as you stroll the sidewalks and warm up in one of the participating merchant stores for a sample recipe and recipe card to take home. Participating merchants include:
Cappel's Ace Hardware, Rex Pharmacy, Camblin Plumbing & Heating, Cullen & Associates, Downtowner Cafe & Catering, Bonnesen's, Aunt B's Atlantic Coca-Cola Center & Museum, Longaberger-Dolly Bergmann.
On the first Saturday of December, rally your troops and create a lighted float for the annual Lighted Christmas parade brought to you by the Atlantic Area Chamber and Wal-Mart. Prizes are awarded, and bragging rights travel along with the two-foot trophy! For spectators, catch a horse-drawn carriage ride between 3-5 p.m., visit Santa in his cabin then, snuggle in for the fireworks and parade at 6 p.m.
Holiday Concert & Angels of Christmas
Don't forget to bring a friend to the free holiday concert on the second Saturday in December, sponsored by Aunt B's, Bonnesen's 5 & 10, J&R Tax Service, and Unique Salon & Spa. During the concert we recognize two individuals as the Stifel Nicolaus "Angels of Christmas," a tradition of true Christmas spirit.
Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides
Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m., enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, courtesy of the Leonard Family businesses, First Whitney Bank and Wells Fargo. After, be sure you visit Santa Claus in the Atlantic Rotary historic log cabin in City Park for hot cocoa and a warm fireplace.
Santa is also in his cabin on Thursday's from 5:30-7 p.m. in December.
Whether you're an Atlantic native, resident, or you just want an authentic small-town Christmas experience, Atlantic has the charm you're looking for.
Call for a 2013 holiday brochure 712.243.3017.
Or, submit your holiday or community events by E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - 2013
Enter our 12 Days of Christmas $100 AtlantiCash giveaways! No purchase necessary; only one winner per household allowed. One winner per weekday will be announced here starting on December 13-24.
On the first day of Christmas the Chamber gave to me...$100!
December 13 sponsored by Atlantic Animal Health Center.... Congratulations to our winner Betty Boeck!
December 14 sponsored by Atlantic Motor Supply (NAPA)... Congratulations to our winner Teresa Ericksen!
December 15 sponsored by Atlantic News Telegraph... Congratulations to our winner Helen Rossell!
December 16 sponsored by Brink Flower & Gift Co.... Congratulations to our winner Mary Chase!
December 17 sponsored by Camblin Plumbing & Heating...Congratulations to our winner Roxie Davis!
December 18 sponsored by Geis Perry Jewelry... Congratulations to our winner Kenneth Evans!
December 19 sponsored by Marne & Elk Horn Telephone Company... Congratulations to our winner Jack Gregory!
December 20 sponsored by Atlantic Special Promotions & Events Committee... Congratulations to our winner Thomas Schroeder!
December 21 sponsored by Sears... Congratulations to our winner Kathy Schmitt!
December 22 sponsored by Tanner's Fashions... Congratulations to our winner Sandi Ryan!
December 23 sponsored by The Nest Egg... Congratulations to our winner Cory Feltner!
December 24 sponsored by Tinder Box... Congratulations to our winner Alyssia Lovejoy!